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2008 Mazda RX-8 40th Anniversary Edition - MINT CONDITION LOW MILEAGE & RESERVE!

2008 Mazda RX-8 40th Anniversary Edition

Mazda RX-8 2008 technical specifications

Item location: Toms River, New Jersey, United States
Make: Mazda
Model: RX-8
SubModel: 40th Anniversary Edition
Type: Coupe - 4 door with suicide doors
Trim: 40th Anniversary Edition Coupe 4-Door
Year: 2008
Mileage: 49,000
VIN: JM1FE173X80216502
Color: Gray
Engine size: 1.3L 1308CC R2 GAS Naturally Aspirated
Number of cylinders: 1.3 liter Rotary Engine
Power options: Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Power Locks, Power Windows, Power Seats
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Manual
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: Red
Safety options: Anti-Lock Brakes, Driver Airbag, Passenger Airbag, Side Airbags
Options: CD Player, Leather Seats, Sunroof
Vehicle Title: Clear
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Here is a super clean 2008 Mazda RX-8 40th Anniversary Edition with only 49,000 miles! This vehicle has a clean title and clean CarFax. This Mazda is equipped with a 1.3L rotary engine, 6 speed manual transmission, rear wheel drive, traction control, stability control. 4-wheel ABS, keyless entry, air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, cruise control, power steering, tilt wheel, premium Bose sound system AM/FM Stereo CD multi disc player (factory installed), dual air bags, side air bags, premium leather seats, drivers power seat, heated seats, power moon roof, fog lights, premium alloy wheels and high performance tires.

This vehicle has been meticulously maintained, is mechanically sound, and in mint condition!

These 40th anniversary models were produced by the engineers at Mazda along with race car drivers to provide the ultimate driving experience!

Mazda USA only produced 1,000 of the 40th anniversary models in the USA, you will not find one in better condition!

She is ready to go anywhere!



Note: I am currently out of state for business and will not be returning until somewhere around September 24th. Please make arrangements to pick up the vehicle after that date.



HIROSHIMA, Japan—To commemorate forty years of Mazda’s rotary engine vehicles sold globally, Mazda Motor Corporation has commenced sales of a limited edition model Mazda RX-8 throughout Japan. TheRX-8 Rotary Engine 40th Anniversaryedition is available from today at all Mazda and Mazda Anfini dealerships.

Since the 1967 introduction of Mazda’s first vehicle powered by a rotary engine, the Cosmo Sport (known as the 110S overseas), Mazda has continued to produce and sell various rotary engine-powered cars, most notably the Familia Rotary Coupe (known as the R100 overseas), the Savanna (RX-3), RX-7, and Eunos Cosmo. Currently, Mazda is working on technical improvements in fuel economy and environmental performance for its rotary engines. Mazda also intends to advance the potential of the hydrogen rotary engine as part of its long-term vision for technology development, Sustainable Zoom-Zoom, which was announced in March 2007.

The RX-8 ‘Rotary Engine 40th Anniversary’ model is based on the RX-8 Type S (six-speed manual transmission) and the Type E (six-speed automatic transmission) model grades. The interior is designed to evoke the Cosmo Sport heritage and includes exclusive black genuine leather and light silver ALCANTARA®*combination seat covers. The exclusive Marble White body color and special limited edition badges mounted on the side panels are perfectly suited to commemorate the fortieth year of Mazda’s rotary engine vehicle sales. Special equipment -- including exclusive Bilstein dampers and a urethane foam-filled front suspension cross member -- has been fitted for a higher quality ride and better performance.

The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for both the six-speed manual and automatic versions is 3,150,000 yen (including consumption tax). Production will be limited to 200 units.

* ALCANTARA®is a synthetic suede material and a registered trademark of Alcantara S.p.A.

Mazda RX-8 Rotary Engine 40th Anniversary (six-speed manual transmission model)

Features of the Mazda RX-8 Rotary Engine 40th Anniversary model
Base model

Mazda RX-8 Type S (6-speed MT model) or Mazda RX-8 type E (6-speed AT model)

Special equipment
-Semi-gloss chrome light bezels (fitted to headlights and rear combination lights)
-18-inch highly reflective Dark Silver chrome aluminum alloy wheels
-Front fog lights (with blue reflectors)

-Exclusive black genuine leather and light silver ALCANTARA®*combination seat covers and light silver synthetic leather door trim are a modern interpretation of the Cosmo Sport’s unique interior design.
-Eight-way power-adjustable front seats with power lumbar support.
-Exclusive black leather-wrapped steering wheel and hand brake (with grey stitching)
-Exclusive black leather-wrapped gear shift (with grey stitching) on the MT model
-Aluminum pedals and footrest (These are special equipment for the 6-speed AT, but are standard equipment on the MT base model.)
-Water repellent glass coating (windshield glass, front door windows, and door mirrors)
-Advanced keyless entry & engine starter system

* ALCANTARA®is a registered trademark of Alcantara S.p.A.

-Rotary engine
By using rotors that have been finely balanced for their weight and rotation characteristics, the smooth performance of the rotary engine has been further enhanced.
-Special engine cover
-Bilstein dampers
The Bilstein dampers were exclusively designed for this limited edition RX-8 in order to achieve higher levels of performance and comfort.
-The front suspension cross member is filled with urethane foam.
The urethane foam filling provides the ideal amount of vibration suppression to deliver a desirable degree of direct feedback, ensuring a high quality steering feel.
-Large diameter disc brakes (These are special equipment for the 6-speed AT, but are standard equipment on the MT base model.)
-225/45R18 91W tires and 18-inch alloy wheels (These are special equipment for the 6-speed AT, but are standard equipment on the MT base model.)

Body color

The classic shade, Marble White, is offered exclusively.

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices for Mazda RX-8 Rotary Engine 40th Anniversary Limited Edition

GradeEngineTransmissionPrice (yen)
With TaxWithout Tax
Limited Edition RX-8 Rotary Engine 40th AnniversaryDual-rotor
6-speed MT3,150,0003,000,000
6-speed AT3,150,0003,000,000
-A separate recycling fee of 12,330 yen is necessary in addition to the manufacturer’s suggested retail prices listed above.

2008 Mazda RX-8ByNew Car Test DriveDecember 21, 2007

It's been 40 years since Mazda released its first rotary-engine production model, a twin-rotor coupe called Cosmo Sport in mid-1967. By the early 1970s, the rotary seemed poised to conquer the automotive world. That never happened for a long list of reasons, but the lightweight rotary engine found a purpose powering a delightful series of light, nimble, high-revving Mazda sports-touring cars. Over the past four decades, Mazda has manufactured more than 1.9 million rotary-engine vehicles. And we're glad it did.

The latest model in this series, the ingeniously engineered Mazda RX-8, drives like a sports car, with a high-revving engine and perfect 50-50 weight distribution for balanced handling.

Yet the RX-8 is surprisingly practical. It's capable of taking the kids to soccer practice, with passenger space for four full-size adults. There's enough room for a weekend's worth of luggage or two full-size golf bags, and the small rear doors and relatively spacious trunk make trips to the home improvement center possible. It's not as roomy as a sedan, but it can move people and stuff when needed, while offer the driving experience of a two-seat sports car.

In short, the RX-8 is a true four-seat sports car. And it's the small but powerful rotary engine that makes this possible.

The RX-8 was launched as an all-new model for 2004. Its most significant update since then is the six-speed automatic transmission that arrived for 2006, replacing the previously available four-speed. In addition to two more gears, the six-speed automatic also brought steering-wheel mounted paddle controls for semi-manual shifting; and allowed the engine to be tuned closer to its manual-transmission specification, narrowing the performance gap between the auto-shifting and shift-it-yourself versions.

Still, the manual and automatic models are two different cars. The manual benefits from 232 horsepower at 8500 rpm, while the automatic gets 212 horsepower at 7500 rpm, albeit with the same 159 pound-feet of torque at 5500. The base automatic comes packaged with a softer suspension, smaller wheels and smaller brakes. The bottom line is that the manual model is for driving enthusiasts willing to sacrifice some comfort and convenience for performance. The automatic is for drivers more interested in the look and feel of a sports car than in ultimate performance and for drivers who have to contend with stop-and-go commuting.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Mazda's rotary engine, Mazda will offer a limited-edition 40th Anniversary RX-8, featuring Metropolitan Gray paintwork, a Cosmo Red leather interior, and unique 18-inch alloy wheels; plus suspension enhancements, fog lamps, a silver engine cover, and special badging. Look for it early in the 2008 calendar year. Otherwise, the RX-8 is unchanged for 2008.

Model Lineup

For 2008, the Mazda RX-8 comes in three trim levels, plus the Anniversary model. All are powered by a 1.3-liter twin-rotor rotary engine.

The base-level RX-8 Sport comes with a choice of six-speed manual or six-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, both for the same price ($26,435). Standard equipment includes cloth upholstery; air conditioning; AM/FM/CD stereo with six speakers and steering-wheel mounted controls; cruise control; power windows, mirrors and locks; leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob; floor and overhead consoles; rear window defogger; variable-speed intermittent windshield wipers; and an alarm with immobilizer. Automatics roll on 225/55R16 radials on 16-inch alloy rims; manual-shift models get 225/45R18 high-performance tires on 18-inch rims. Manual-shift Sport models also come with a stiffer suspension, bigger brakes, and a limited-slip torque-sensing differential.

The RX-8 Touring also comes with manual ($29,535) or automatic transmission ($30,335), and adds Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with traction control; high-intensity discharge headlamps; fog lamps; power sliding glass sunroof; auto-dimming inside rearview mirror with Homelink; and a 300-watt Bose nine-speaker sound system with AudioPilot noise compensation and an in-dash, six-CD changer. Additionally, automatic Tourings upgrade to the manual model's sport suspension; limited-slip differential; and larger brakes, wheels, and tires.

Grand Touring ($31,070) adds leather seating with matching synthetic leather door panels, heated front seats, eight-way power for the driver's seat, heated outside mirrors, and Mazda's advanced keyless entry and start system. As with the Touring level, the Grand Touring automatic ($31,770) benefits from the same chassis upgrades as the manual version.

The 40th Anniversary model, with manual ($31,370) or automatic ($32,070) transmission, will come fully equipped and enhanced with special Metropolitan Gray paint, Cosmo Red leather interior, unique 18-inch alloy wheels, further suspension upgrades, fog lamps, silver engine cover, and special badging. Anniversary models will be available early in calendar-year 2008.

A Performance Package ($1,300) for manual-transmission Sport models adds Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), HID headlamps, and fog lamps. A similar package ($2,000) for automatic Sports adds those items plus the manual model's handling equipment and brakes. A navigation system ($2,000) is offered for Grand Touring only. Optional on all models is Crystal White Pearl paint ($200).

Options and accessories include an aero body kit ($1,100), Sirius satellite radio ($430), shock-sensor alarm ($60), spare tire kit ($395), and a CD-changer for Sport models ($500); plus an array of cargo organizers, protective trim, and other appearance items.

Safety features that come standard include frontal and side-impact airbags (for torso protection) for the front passengers, and curtain airbags (for head protection) front and rear. A tire pressure monitor is also standard on all models. Anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution comes standard; DSC stability control is optional.


The Mazda RX-8 bulges with style if not grace. It's about the most aggressive shape possible in stamped steel. From the rear it looks good, with upswept lines and wide fender flares. From the side you see big, sharp wheel arches; plus a non-functional black mesh vent angled behind the front wheel. The headlights aren't as dramatic as they might be; Mazda says it believes design should be expressed in sheet metal, not lighting.

The front and rear doors open in opposite directions, which Mazda calls the Freestyle door system. With no pillar between the doors, this allows very easy ingress and egress for the rear-seat passengers. As with similar systems in pickups, the front door must be opened before the rear door can open.

To compensate for the lack of a B-pillar, Mazda has carefully designed the structure with supporting steel crossmembers and braces, as well as reinforcements around the door perimeter for rigidity and safety against a side impact. (The RX-8 achieved four stars out of five in NHTSA side impact tests.)

Interior Features

The Mazda RX-8 cabin is comfortable and surprisingly roomy. The seats are great, a nice fit with good bolstering. The Sport cloth seat material wasn't as attractive to our eyes as it might have been, however.

Even large adults find the rear bucket seats in the RX-8 comfortable, with plenty of elbow room thanks to the transmission tunnel/console that separates them. Getting into and out of the rear seat is easy. Due to the high front seatbacks, rear-seat passengers can't see much out front without leaning inboard, but they can see out the side windows. The rear side windows don't roll down, but just push outward, so the back seats may not be the best place to spend long periods of time on a hot summer day.

The rear-hinged back door and the pillar-less door configuration allows loading of large, awkward items into the back seat area that simply cannot be handled by other sports cars and sedans. We were able to fit a desk stool (Swopper) and a storage crate inside, without using the front seat, a very impressive feat for a sports car. At other times, however, the counter-swinging doors were cumbersome and got in the way, just as they did on extended-cab pickups, on the Honda Element, and on the Saturn Ion Coupe; there's a reason rear-hinged doors have had limited appeal over the years.

The trunk, a true trunk, can carry two sets of golf clubs. A vertical compartment door (pass-through) opens from the trunk to the rear seat area to allow the carrying of skis and such.

The driver is treated to a stitched leather three-spoke steering wheel that we liked both for its style and feel. Also nice were the drilled aluminum pedals and the solid dead pedal. The brake pedal is designed to make rotation of your right foot easier, for heel-and-toe downshifting. Each knee is comfortably and firmly supported during hard cornering.

The instrument panel seems to sacrifice efficiency for style. There are three big rings, dominated by the 10,000-rpm tachometer in the center, with a digital speedometer readout on the tach face. We miss having a separate analog speedometer. Our feeling is that analog gauges can be interpreted at a glance, while digital readouts have to be read. The two large outside rings include gauges for water temp, fuel and oil pressure. The instruments are illuminated with indirect blue lighting.

The panel forward of the shift lever is trimmed in a combination of leather, high-quality vinyl, and glossy piano-black plastic. The stereo and climate control knobs are integrated; redundant controls are on the steering wheel spokes. The air conditioning wasn't as effective as we would have liked.

The available navigation system is DVD-based and features a dedicated, retractable seven-inch screen on top of the dash above the radio and climate controls. Controlled from an eight-button cluster located just behind the shift lever, the system is simple to operate and the interface is clear, thanks in part to the fact that it does not incorporate radio and climate controls into the screen, as do many other navigation systems.

The doors and seatbacks have ample pockets and cranny space, and four CDs can fit in the console, but there aren't a lot of cubbies up front. The soft triangular shape of the engine rotors are a design theme found throughout the interior, most noticeably in the stylish headrests and atop the shift lever.

Driving Impressions

The Mazda RX-8 handles like a true sports car, with great balance and precise turn-in. Yet the suspension is soft enough for daily comfortable use and not as stiff as that of the Nissan 350Z, which corners like a race car but pays the price with a stiffer ride.

Greatly benefiting the RX-8's handling is its perfect balance, with 50 percent of its weight on the front wheels and 50 percent on the rear. While some conventional, reciprocating-piston sports cars have also achieved this balance, it has usually been at the expense of interior space. The compact size of the rotary engine makes it possible in a four-seater.

Extremely smooth and simple, the rotary has benefited from 40 years of development by Mazda engineers. The RX-8 features the latest and by far the best rotary engine design, which Mazda calls Renesis. The engine is about 30 percent smaller than a typical inline four-cylinder, and its compact dimensions allow it to be mounted in a low and rearward position that results in that perfect balance. It also keeps the four-seat RX-8's center of gravity low and the curb weight down to just 3,045 pounds, more than 500 pounds less than even the lightest version of the two-seat, 3,578-pound Nissan 350Z. The RX-8 is not the sports car that the third-generation RX-7 was but nor is it as expensive.

The rotary engine offers a sweet unique sound under acceleration and is very refined now, with little of the rasp that early RX-7s were known for. The two three-sided rotors deliver six power pulses per turn of the output shaft, the same number as a V12 (and twice as many per revolution as a V6), resulting in an exhaust note that's almost hypnotic on a rhythmic road, and chainsaw-like under full steam. The rotary revs extremely quickly, but lacks the mid-range grunt of a V6. Downshifts for quick acceleration are definitely necessary. The RX-8 can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph is less than 6 seconds, according to Car and Driver magazine, making it nearly as quick as a Nissan 350Z.

Downshifting is redefined by the rotary engine, especially when paired with the brilliant close-ratio six-speed gearbox. You can drop the RX-8 into second gear at a speed that would cause almost every other car on the planet to scream, if not explode. This baby revs.

The brakes work well. The fact that the RX-8 is so light, thanks not only to the rotary engine but also to the thoughtful use of aluminum in the hood and rear doors, reduces the stopping distance impressively, with performance comparable to that of the 350Z. When the automatic is equipped with the sport suspension and 18-inch wheels (standard on the manual RX-8), the brake rotors measure a massive 12.7 inches in front and 11.9 inches in rear, with increased ventilation ribs for more resistance to fade.

Out on the open road the RX-8 feels even better. It hugs the pavement progressively, meaning the deeper it gets into a turn the harder it grips, which is wonderfully confidence-inspiring.

The optional Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) works effectively, yet allows the driver to work the tires without intruding. The RX-8 wasn't completely forgiving when driven hard on an autocross circuit. We found with too much throttle the Mazda would understeer (the front tires plowing, and the car going straight instead of turning). When we pushed it still harder, driving like hacks, the DSC would kick in to limit the understeer. What we learned is that the DSC is programmed to tolerate small errors but saves you from the big ones. In other words, it will let you get away with two feet of understeer in a curve, but not six feet.

And when DSC does take over, it uses the brakes, slowing one or more wheels as needed to correct the imbalance. The electronic stability control systems in some other cars correct skidding by closing the throttle, which skilled drivers find intrusive. The RX-8's DSC will eventually cut the throttle too, but not so early that it frustrates you.



The Mazda RX-8 is a unique sports car. Its four-seat, four-door configuration is an original design that works. The rotary engine is super smooth, simple, high-revving and almost indestructible. It's complemented by a beautiful six-speed gearbox and great brakes. The RX-8 is a great sports car with an innovative approach and admirable engineering.

NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent Sam Moses filed this report from Irvine, California, with Mitch McCullough reporting from Los Angeles.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Mazda RX-8 Sport manual or automatic ($26,435); Touring manual ($29,535); Touring automatic ($30,335): Grand Touring manual ($31,070); Grand Touring automatic ($31,770): 40th Anniversary manual ($31,370); 40th Anniversary automatic ($32,070)
Engines:1.3-liter twin-rotor rotary; 212 hp (automatic), or 232 hp (manual)
Transmissions:six-speed sequential automatic with steering-wheel paddles; six-speed close-ratio manual
Safety equipment (standard):front, side, and side-curtain airbags, seatbelt pretensioners; ABS; EBD; tire-pressure monitor
Safety equipment (optional):DSC electronic stability control with traction control
Basic warranty:4 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in:Hiroshima, Japan
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Mazda RX-8 Sport with manual transmission ($26,435)
Standard equipment:electronic power steering with tilting steering wheel; power four-wheel-disc brakes with ABS and EBD; air conditioning; AM/FM/CD stereo with six speakers and steering-wheel mounted controls; cruise control; cloth upholstery; power windows, mirrors and locks; leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob; floor and overhead consoles; rear window defogger; variable intermittent windshield wipers; alarm with immobilizer; 225/45 Bridgestone high-performance tires; 18-inch alloy wheels.
Options as tested (MSPR):Performance Package ($1,300) includes xenon headlights, fog lights, DSC with traction control; in-dash 6-disc CD ($500); Rotary Accent Package ($159)
Destination charge:$635
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$29029
Layout:rear-wheel drive
Engine:1.3-liter twin-rotor rotary
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):232 @ 8500
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):159 @ 5500
Transmission:6-speed manual
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:18/24 mpg
Wheelbase:106.4 in.
Length/width/height:174.3/69.7/52.8 in.
Track, f/r:58.9/59.3 in.
Turning circle:34.8 ft.
Seating Capacity:4
Head/hip/leg room, f:38.2/53.3/42.7 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:36.8/48.1/32.2 in.
Cargo volume:7.6 cu. ft.
Towing capacity:N/A
Suspension, f:independent, A-arms, coil springs, tube shocks, anti-roll bar
Suspension, r:independent, multi-link, coil springs, tube shocks, anti-roll bar
Ground clearance:4.7 in.
Curb weigth:3045 lbs.
Tires:225/45R18 Bridgestone Potenza
Brakes, f/r:vented disc/vented disc with ABS and EBD
Fuel capacity:15.9 gal.

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